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6 Books for People Having a Tough Time

When a friend or a loved one is going through a difficult life patch, it can be hard to know what to say or do. Lending an ear, showing up, or taking them out for dinner are all great ways to show you care, but sometimes it’s nice to send along a gift to brighten their day.

Books can let someone know that they aren’t alone—these reads touch upon tender topics and provide words of encouragement and love.

A Sloth’s Guide to Mindfulness

By Ton Mak

A Sloth's Guide to Mindfulness By Ton Mak

A Sloth's Guide to Mindfulness By Ton Mak

Follow a serene and smiley sloth through a series of light meditations and daily reflections with this unexpected and snuggable guide—simple breathing exercises and guided visualizations help you slow down when things get tough. Find it here

 

The Wing Reader: An Illustrated Poem

By Brooke Smith, illustrated by Brian Rea

The Wing Reader: An Illustrated Poem By Brooke Smith, illustrated by Brian Rea

The Wing Reader: An Illustrated Poem By Brooke Smith, illustrated by Brian Rea

In The Wing Reader, Brian Rea (the beloved artist of the New York Times column “Modern Love”) illustrates Brooke Smith’s poignant poem about the healing power of creativity. It focuses on a woman in the midst of grief who discovers a wonderful secret: she can see words on the wings of butterflies, and these words inspire her to compose rejuvenating stories of love. Find it here

 

It’s OK to Feel Things Deeply

By Carissa Potter

 It's OK to Feel Things Deeply By Carissa Potter

 It's OK to Feel Things Deeply By Carissa Potter

This illustrated book is like a hug from a friend when you need it most. Serving as both a reminder that it’s normal to feel things deeply and as a helpful guide for actually feeling better, Carissa Potter navigates difficult emotions with deep empathy and a touch of humor. Dance, talk to your houseplants, take a bath, and, ultimately, be a little easier on yourself. Find it here

 

Dear Friend: Letters of Encouragement, Humor, and Love for Women with Breast Cancer

By Gina L. Mulligan

Dear Friend: Letters of Encouragement, Humor, and Love for Women with Breast Cancer By Gina L. Mulligan

Dear Friend: Letters of Encouragement, Humor, and Love for Women with Breast Cancer By Gina L. Mulligan

This beautiful collection of handwritten letters offers strength, encouragement, and comfort to women living with breast cancer. Written by compassionate strangers—many of whom have gone through their own health battles—these heartfelt letters were gathered by Girls Love Mail, an organization that provides support to people diagnosed with breast cancer. Find it here

 

Advice from My 80-Year-old-Self: Real Words of Wisdom from People Ages 7 to 88

By Susan O’Malley

Advice from My 80-Year-old-Self: Real Words of Wisdom from People Ages 7 to 88 By Susan O'Malley

Advice from My 80-Year-old-Self: Real Words of Wisdom from People Ages 7 to 88 By Susan O'Malley

What advice would your 80-year-old self give you? That is the question artist Susan O’Malley, who was herself to pass away far too young, asked more than a hundred ordinary people of every age, from every walk of life. She then transformed their responses into vibrant text-based images, and the results are calls to action and words to live by—heartfelt, sometimes humorous, and always fiercely compassionate. Find it here

 

I Wish You More

By Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrataed by Tom Lichtenheld

I Wish You More

This picture book is truly a gem for people of every age. The late Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld combined their extraordinary talents to create this exuberant book of endless good wishes: for curiosity and wonder, for friendship and strength, laughter and peace. Find it here

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Featured image from It’s OK to Feel Things Deeply by Carissa Potter

Jenna Homen

Content and Community Manager at Chronicle Books. When she's logged off, she can be found painting, cooking, camping, or petting her dog Harley. You can follow her on Twitter at @jn_na.
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